An Inclusive Approach to Navigating Vocal Change

An Inclusive Approach to Navigating Vocal Change

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Growth spurts during puberty bring about a period of extraordinary physical growth for both girls and boys. This growth extends to the larynx, causing a dramatic effect in boys’ voices; girls’ voices also undergo a period of more subtle, but often noticeable, change. Teenagers find that their singing range completely alters and their voice becomes unpredictable, leading to frustration, self-consciousness and ultimately a lack of confidence and reluctance to sing. 

This workshop will provide participants with a clear explanation of the effects of pubertal growth on both boys’ and girls’ voices and the vocal difficulties that are frequently faced by teenagers and those undergoing hormonal change. It will also outline a number of practical strategies and approaches in order to equip teachers and choir directors with ideas for creating an inclusive approach that aims to encourage young people to continue to engage with singing.

Audience: Primary and Secondary

Session leader: Suzanne Chadwick

Suzanne Chadwick, MA (Music), MA (Voice Pedagogy), is a graduate of the University of St Andrews and the University of Wales Trinity St David. Based in Dublin, Suzanne is a passionate educator of young singers and combines her many years of performing and teaching experience with an active engagement in voice science and research. She is currently completing a PhD on the subject of the adolescent male voice, and also includes vocal registers, breathing methodology and vocal health in her research interests. Suzanne currently lectures in Voice Pedagogy at the University of Limerick and has presented research papers at conferences in the UK and Ireland.

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Price - Free


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4-05-23 03:45 PM to
4-05-23 05:15 PM

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